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9 Potentially Exasperating / Embarrassing Moments to Avoid in China

Mar 23, 2017 Comments(46)

China, although simply a different country, can often feel like a different planet if you don’t know what to expect. The culture and customs here are often vastly different from those outside (or even inside!) Asia. For the uninitiated, here are nine potentially embarrassing or exasperating moments to avoid ...Read more>>

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Language Wars: English-Speaking Chinese Person Meets Mandarin-Speaking Foreigner HOT

Mar 20, 2017 Comments(2)

There exists a so called ‘language war’ in which a Westerner is keen to display his or her hard-to-gain Mandarin skills while the Chinese person is every bit as enthusiastic about speaking English to them. So, what tactics can you use to achieve your goal?... Read More>>

Tips for Drinking Safe, Clean Water in China HOT

Mar 18, 2017 Comments(5)

320 million people are without access to clean water in China, which is not surprising, given the rapid industrialization and urbanization. But what is being done about it? This article will help you to better understand the environment and also offer ...... Read More>>

A Guide to Common Chinese Phrases in the ESL Classroom

Mar 16, 2017 Comments(2)

ESL classrooms should always be English language only, but in the early learning stages, children and adults occasionally rely on their mother tongue as a crutch. Knowing some of the common phrases they use can help teachers correct them. ... Read More>>

Shanghai to Be the Next Silicone Valley?

Mar 08, 2017 Comments(2)

A recent survey by KPMG indicates that Shanghai may be the next Silicon Valley. Could it be true? ... Read More>>

Don’t be that Guy! The 6 Weirdest Laowai in China HOT

Mar 07, 2017 Comments(10)

China is full of all kinds of laowai and some of them are just plain weird. Here is a list of the 6 weirdest types of foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

Office Craziness in China (Part 2)

Mar 04, 2017 Comments(8)

Sarah is back to her old tricks in Part 2 of this teacher’s highly awaited second blog post. Are your colleagues in China this conniving? I hope not! Check on Spongebob’s story about their recent experiences as a TA. ... Read More>>

Brighter Days: Healthy Tips for Polluted Days HOT

Feb 09, 2017 Comments(6)

Living with China’s air pollution and high AQI is tough sometimes, but there are some things expats can do to make things better. ... Read More>>

5 Fascinating Chinese Customs and Traditions That Will Blow Your Mind HOT

Feb 08, 2017 Comments(3)

In China, tradition is everywhere you look. Many of these traditions have spanned centuries, some even thousands of years, and are deeply rooted in Chinese culture. Some traditions are unremarkable, others however are mind blowing. ... Read More>>

Is There a Growing Wave of Nationalism in China? HOT

Feb 01, 2017 Comments(15)

From harassing Olympians and nationalistic hip hop groups, to boycotting foreign brands and smashing iPhones, recent events may indicate that there is a growing wave of nationalism sweeping through the Middle Kingdom. ... Read More>>

Teaching Tips: How to Survive Your First ESL Class HOT

Jan 18, 2017 Comments(7)

Walking into the classroom to teach your first class is nerve-racking no matter the amount of training you have had. As a new teacher in China, you can expect to be thrown into the classroom unprepared and expected to teach right off the bat. ... Read More>>

Understanding the Construction of the ‘Asian-Guy’ Stereotype HOT

Jan 16, 2017 Comments(3)

Pretty much on a daily basis I feel someone not-so-slyly staring or double-glancing at me and my Hong Kong boyfriend holding hands. So what’s the deal here? ... Read More>>

How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China HOT

Jan 11, 2017 Comments(34)

Having spent a fair amount of time in the English teaching trenches, I know that switching teaching jobs can be stressful at best and a dejected plane ride back home at worst. Nevertheless, changing schools can be done with minimal complications. What ...... Read More>>

6 Lucrative Job Alternatives to Teaching in China HOT

Jan 06, 2017 Comments(41)

Photo: york.ac.uk Twenty years ago, when China was first developing, foreigners were offered high paying jobs with a bevy of other incentives to help promote Chinese companies. Then, as more and more Chinese workers became skilled in various high-level ...... Read More>>

Five Events in Chinese History (That Every Laowai Should Know About) HOT

Jan 05, 2017 Comments(48)

Chinese people are rightfully proud of their long and intriguing history. We’ve picked out five of the most important and interesting events to help out the clueless foreigner should the conversation at the dinner table suddenly shift to history. ... Read More>>

Breaking Your Contract in China: New Consequences for Pulling a “Midnight Run” HOT

Jan 02, 2017 Comments(37)

While breaking your contract in China had few repercussions in the past, new measures were recently issued to punish foreigners for pulling a so-called “midnight run”. Before you decide to do so, here’s some information you should know. ... Read More>>

What You Need to Know About Transferring Money Overseas From China HOT

Dec 28, 2016 Comments(31)

Whether you have mountains of student loans and credit card debt looming or you’re just looking to dump some red notes into your hometown bank, it’s important to find the cheapest way to transfer your hard-earned RMBs to your overseas bank accounts. ... Read More>>

Dealing with Negative Stereotypes of Cross-Cultural Dating HOT

Dec 26, 2016 Comments(174)

Bowie, Iggy or Bo-ggy combo ran the boozy argument. My friends and I were debating who penned the track 'China Girl'. A quick internet search later and we were none the clearer. The mysterious algorithms and search bots, which are supposed to know our wants ...... Read More>>

The Most Lucrative Jobs for Foreigners in China

Dec 21, 2016

Given the China’s colossal population, foreigners must tailor their career options to the work available here. We’ve prepared a short guide to the types of work available for English speakers in China, using data from eChinaJOBS.com. ... Read More>>

5 Reasons Why Foreigners Come Work in China HOT

Dec 20, 2016 Comments(35)

Talk to any group of assorted foreigners in China and you’re bound to hear a different “China story” from every single one. We've looked at some of the reasons foreigners choose to come and work in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. ... Read More>>

Best Universities for Foreigners in China HOT

Dec 13, 2016 Comments(2)

China is one of the most popular places in the world for international students. Listed below is the eChinacities list of best universities for foreigners in China. ... Read More>>

The World’s Most Interesting Chinatowns Outside of Asia

Dec 07, 2016

The Chinese can be found at just about any corner of the planet, and wherever they go their culture is preserved through that most essential of ingredients to any cosmopolitan city. The Chinatown. ... Read More>>

Workplace Face Off: Chinese vs. Foreign Employees HOT

Dec 05, 2016 Comments(71)

Over the last few years, China has seen an influx of foreign talent wanting to gain experience in the world’s fastest growing economy, explore China and its culture, and take some time away from life at home, if only for a year or two. As the ...... Read More>>

Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

Dec 01, 2016

If you’ve just moved to China or are looking to jump-start your language learning, YCIS Beijing Secondary School Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Jessica Sun have some essential tips that will make sure you’re learning the right way. ... Read More>>

China’s Top 5 Lower Tier Cities For Expats to Live HOT

Nov 29, 2016 Comments(3)

Life in the big city is exhausting and expensive at times, but never fear. We’ve prepared a list of some of the best lower tier cities to live so that you know where to head when its time to uproot. ... Read More>>

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